Senior Center News: June 29

Brain games

Fact: Memory erodes as we get older. The hippocampus, the area of our brain responsible for building memory, loses 5% of its nerve cells with each passing decade.

Fact: There are many ways we can improve brain health — eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, exercising our bodies and exercising our brains.

On Thursday, June 29, at noon, enjoy a delicious lunch of assorted wraps and salads followed by trivia, riddles, and word puzzles that are not only fun but good for you!  Brain games are an enjoyable and effective way to improve your brain health. Sponsored by Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and The Greens at Cannondale.

Call 203-834-6240 for reservations.

Summertime offerings

These activities take place weekly at the Wilton Senior Center throughout the summer:
Line Dance Fusion

Beatriz Araujo teaches line dancing as a form of exercise and social interaction on Mondays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Beginners as well as experienced dancers are welcome. Summer's a great time to learn a new exercise in the air-conditioned dance studio. There is a $3 drop-in fee per class.

BeMoved is a dance fitness experience for adults of all movement abilities, led by Phyllis Hirschfield, that takes place Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. It is designed to deliver a safe, body-friendly experience that improves the quality of a person’s movement.  Each class focuses on a different musical dance genre using continuous, engaging dance combinations to inspire anyone from first-time dancer to professional. There is a $5 drop-in fee per class.

Denise O’Hearn, owner of Vibrant Moves in Wilton, conducts a gentle yoga class that warms up joints and stretches and strengthens muscles on two times a week —  Tuesdays, from 11 to noon and Thursdays, from 10 to 11. There is a $3 drop-in fee per class.
Tai Chi

Joe Alampi teaches easy-to-absorb, effective, short sets of motions (forms) appropriate for any age on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30.  Tai Chi has been shown to prevent falls and improve the daily functioning of seniors. There is a $3 drop-in fee per class.

Do you limit yourself without even knowing it?  It’s time to take charge of your own comfort and discard the movement patterns that hold you back. Cathy Paine leads this exciting,  innovative movement method on Fridays, from 10 to 11, designed to relieve pain, exercise the brain and help the body move with greater comfort, ease and fluidity. There is a $5 drop-in fee per class. Instructor.
Thursday lunch and bingo

Most Thursdays, the Wilton Senior Center hosts a noon lunch prepared by Chef Karen White. After lunch, 10 games of bingo are held in the game room.  Lunch is $3.  Come for either or both.

Coming events

Friday, June 30, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Michael Hess; 1:30, Free swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, July 3, Senior center closed.

Tuesday, July 4, Senior center closed.

Wednesday, July 5, 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, July 6, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11 to 12, Blood Pressure Screening by Visiting Nurse and Hospice; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.